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Chanukah

Chanukah, meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the Chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.

2021 Chanukah Schedule

Grandparents: How to DO the Winter Holidays
Tuesday, November 16
1:00 p.m. in-person and on Zoom
Do you want to find ways to creatively celebrate the Winter Holidays with your children and grandchildren? Meet with other UH grandparents to discuss how we all can make November a time of family and joy, no matter how we celebrate!  This program is made possible through funds from a Jonas Weil Endowment Interfaith Inclusion Grant
Register here.

Family Program: How to Do the Winter Holidays
Saturday, November 20
10:00 a.m. at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
Join other UH families for Shabbat Experience and a discussion, as we walk through the botanical gardens, on how to DO the November/December holidays. Tickets are $5 for adults 13 and over and free for those age 12 and under. Reserve your spot by Monday, November 15.
This program is made possible through funds from a Jonas Weil Endowment Interfaith Inclusion Grant
Register here

Chanukah Candle Lightings
November 28-December 5
6:00 p.m. via Livestream and Facebook
Join us each night of Chanukah as we light the candles as a community.
(Except December 3—we will light as part of Chanukah Shabbat at 6:30 p.m.)

Hannukah Film Festival presented by Meneshma Films and Chai Flicks
November 28-December 5
Celebrate the Hanukkah season with eight nights of award-winning new films, available to view from the comfort of your home! Learn more and sign up at HanukkahFilmFestival.com
$36 if you use UH’s promo code UHCSTL (click on Find a Participating Organization and select United Hebrew Congregation). Your ticket purchase provides limited-time access to this series of 11 films, plus exclusive filmmaker discussions and more, with new content added each night of Hanukkah. This series is available throughout North America, in partnership with film festivals, synagogues and Jewish organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Enter the special promo code provided by your local organization at checkout to receive a discount and support your local community!

Mascots and Menorahs
Wednesday, December 1
6:00 p.m. in the UH parking lot and via Livestream and Facebook
Join us in the UH parking lot or on Facebook or our website for a Chanukah candle lighting with the UH clergy and Fredbird® and Louie, mascots for the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues!

Chanukah Shabbat and Nosh
Friday, December 3

5:45 p.m. – Chanukah Nosh in the Messing Auditorium
UH Nosh with a latke bar and sufganiyot. Everyone is required to wear your mask except for when you are sitting at a table eating. The buffet servers will also be masked and vaccinated.
6:30 p.m. – Chanukah Shabbat
in person or via Livestream and Facebook
Join us for our annual musical Chanukah Shabbat celebration. We will begin the service with the Chanukah candle lighting.

Next Week Now Havdalah & Chanukah Sing-a-Long
Saturday, December 4
6:00 p.m. via Livestream and Facebook
Join the UH clergy via livestream or Facebook Live for a Chanukah version of our weekly Next Week Now program.

Chanukah in the Caves
Sunday, December 5
2:00 p.m. at Meramec Caverns (1135 Hwy W, Sullivan, MO 63080)
Join Rabbi Bellows as we tour the caves while learning about the story of Chanukah. We will conclude with the lighting of the candles for the last night of Chanukah. Tickets are $10 for adults 13 and over and $5 for those age 12 and under. Reserve your spot by Monday, November 29.
This program is made possible through funds from a Jonas Weil Endowment Interfaith Inclusion Grant
Register here

 

Chanukah Blessing Sound Files

Chanukah Candles 1

Chanukah Candles 1 – Read

Chanukah Candles 2

Chanukah Candles 2 – Read

Shehecheyanu

 

Shehecheyanu – Read

For more on the history and traditions of Chanukah click here.